Malton Show's that All the World's a Stage
Free Photos, Malton, North Yorkshire
Article By: Dave Roberts
First Published: 27 June 2011
An incredible night of love, passion, magic, mischief and tragic comedy set in one of the finest theatres in North Yorkshire: 'Malton Market Place'. Yes the entire central area of Malton was sealed off yesterday evening while professional and amateur performers put on an open air theatre offering a modern take on Shakespeare's: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' one of the most popular of the plays written by the world's greatest story teller.
At 6pm the magic started with a 'sold out' audience packed inside St Michael's Church. The opening scenes setting out the core of the mystical love story which would unfold around the town, with the entire area around the Market Place becoming an open air theatre.
A central group of professional actors, including Tom Stuart, Leah Whitaker and Garry Cooper formed the back-bone of this spectacular production that also included 150 local people.
The Shakespeare extravaganza was organised by the new 'Milton Rooms Team' of energetic artists and performers who have recently come together. The team's mission is to make Malton a hub of excellence for the arts covering all creative fields.
The Milton Rooms was built by the Fitzwilliam family in 1814 for the benefit of the residents of Malton and Norton and is now a Grade II listed property which has undergone a recent refurbishment. The main hall of the rooms now incorporates the largest sprung floor in North Yorkshire, fully equipped with audio and lighting, The Milton Rooms is set ready to become a popular local attraction.
Last night's show attracted crowds in the Market Place and a full main hall as the show climaxed with the ending scene - a play within a play, inside the Milton Rooms. A show which had delighted the enthusiastic audience made up of people from all age groups, who came to their feet in a standing ovation for what can only be described as Shakespeare at its very best.
Milton Rooms Website: http://www.themiltonrooms.com/